Little Red Riding Hood is an antique staffordshire spill vase. This is from the third quarter of the 19th century.
This is 10 1/2 inches tall. The base is 5 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches. There are some old auction labels on the back. Overall, this is in good condition. There is crazing and some age cracks in the porcelain. These cracks are not because it has been broken & repaired. There are close up images of this area which is around the wolf.
A spill vase would have been placed on the fireplace mantel to hold rolled paper tapers called spills. These were used to transfer fire from the fireplace to another place. The back of the piece is usually flat and not decorated since it would be placed against a wall.
Staffordshire is a type of pottery that was made in the area of Staffordshire, England. These pieces were made for the middle class. Unskilled women & children would paint the figurines in a very quick and loose style which gives the figurines their own special charm.
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